Penny Mania is sweeping the city of Memphis, but D.J. Jeffries isn’t buying it.
The tenth-ranked small forward in the 2019 recruiting class was John Calipari’s first commitment in the class. Since he made the decision in March, his former AAU coach was hired to lead Memphis’ basketball program. Even though he has plenty of connections to what could be considered his hometown school, Jeffries is sticking with the Wildcats.
“[Penny Mania] is crazy. I hear it and stuff, but I just try to ignore it, because I know I’m going to be at Kentucky. I hope the best for Penny,” Jeffries told SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker at this weekend’s Nike EYBL event in Indianapolis. “It’s not going to sway me. I’m going to stay at Kentucky.”
One person who could be swayed by Memphis’ Penny Mania is James Wiseman.
The top-ranked junior in America is teammates with Jeffries and played for Team Penny prior to Hardaway’s rise to the collegiate ranks. Once a lock to Kentucky, now it’s essentially a toss-up between the Wildcats and the Tigers. Jeffries is doing what he can to convince Wiseman that Kentucky is the best possible collegiate destination.
“I’m trying to work on James,” Jeffries said. “It might be his dream school, because you know, Coach Cal knows what’s best for kids. He’s a top player, he wants to go one-and-done, and Cal’s got a good system to do that, so I think it’s somewhere he would want to go.”
Wiseman has been completely surrounded by Memphis buzz, but John Calipari will not yield. At least one staff member has watched the Bluff City Legends in every EYBL contest. When they aren’t watching, Jeffries is talking.
See what Jeffries did against R.J. Barrett last year on the EYBL.